Dogbrick (7093) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 On draught at Ed’s (No Name) Bar in Winona. The beer is a clear slightly reddish-orange color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Sweet bready malt aroma with some caramel notes. Light body with a caramel malt flavor along with a touch of hops. The finish is sweet with a toffee/malt aftertaste. Just average overall.
Onslow (1076) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2010
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Light amber brew with one finger of white head. Aroma of light malts. Light bodied with a modest degree of maltiness and light hops finishing off the swallow. OK but not very interesting.
Guerde (1135) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Pours out a clear amber color with a small white head that lasts throughout consumption. Aroma is full of fried doughnut, apple skin, musty lager yeast and some caramel as it’s cold, but when it warms up it gets a bit more of a toasted edge with some kicks of hops as well. Flavor follows the same pattern, with plenty of apple skin displayed when it’s cold which yields somewhat of a distracting metallic twang to the beer. When this beer warms, however, it is completely different, with plenty of the doughy malt appearing along with some light hop bitterness. Tastes of caramel, a finish of breakfast cereal, and a finish of toasted bread appear, which is a welcome departure from the apple skin twang. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is restrained. I wasn’t too thrilled about this at first, but letting this one warm up a bit does wonders. A solid Octoberfest.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper color with a foamy white head. Mild grainy aroma with a hint of caramel. Taste is rich and malty with a bit of hops and caramel and a slightly dry finish.
Beerman6686 (3734) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a nice darker red amber color with an off white head. Aroma was nice roasted caramel malt and some bready notes. Flavor was rich caramel, some 2 row and bready biscut flavors. A pretty good Oktoberfest.
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a my glass boot.
Color is a pale golden yellow. Light light yellow/white head, that leaves great lacing. Looks like a typical Oktoberfest.
Smell is similar to an American macro lager, but the malts are of much better quality.
Taste is a little skunky. Earthy hops are presented with rich malts. There is some distinguishing taste to the malts, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Decent carbonation.
Overall, this is a pretty easy to drink beer. I think the taste would have been better during the fall.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-30-2008 20:29:09
weitz15 (379) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper-brown pour with an off white head. Flavor is initially sweet and honey-like, and finishes with a bitter alcoholic taste. Good variety of flavors here.
vomit (161) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
If VAL BLATZ had made an Octoberfest it would crush this one in one mighty gulp. Not bad swill, but something you don’t need if you have Blatz, Schlitz, PBR, or Black Label on hand. That’s right. Stick with Blatz and you will be a winner in life. Don’t question it. BlatzToberfest, is what I am waiting for,,,,,or not.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Moderate amber pour with white fluffy aggresive head. Nose ia sweet caramel malt with touches of toffee. Tasty caramel malt, toffee, bread dough, biscuit, light continental hopping. Very nicely done and well within style guidelines. Quite refreshing and satisfying.
CanIHave4Beers (2866) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The chair I sit in occupies the space where my bed laid. I look around and not a trace of the room I once called mine is recognizable, not even the walls are there to form a semblance of a room, no all has been torn down in favor of a more unified basement. It goes without saying that this is the start of the holiday season, most things are more than cheerful this time of year but I can’t help but shaking a mild melancholy while sitting in the space that I called my own for so many years. To my left sat my audio equipment, just on the ceiling there was my Clockwork Orange poster, my closet featuring my first ever beer stash is just a arms reach away. So I sit here on the eve of the holiday season, well after the Oktoberfest and I think to myself "self, why didn’t you rate Schell Oktoberfest this year" and I come up blank. Is it because I only had it once or twice? Is it laziness? Is it just that I wanted to find a good bottle as opposed to the dirty lines at the bar where the beer was given to me at a deep discount? The answer you will find is all of the above. But now I have a bottle sitting beside me in one of the comfortable places in the world. Time to do a rating. The beer pours a clear orange color with an impressive head. The aroma is well.... cheap. I can’t quite put my finger down on it, but it’s got that "purchased at a kegger, just a block away from campus" sort of smell. More specifically there is some sweet malt aroma, some mild corniness, and a light roasted nuttiness. The flavor does a full redemption of this beer though; while it smells cheap it tastes perfect. Flavors of fresh bread, sweet malt, noble hop & fruity hop character, light herbal notes, light toasted nuts, and just a touch of mild graininess make this near perfect to style.